Nottingham Hoods took victory in both games of their double-header against Bradford Dragons this past weekend.
The Hoods started the weekend with a 93-83 home win against the Dragons and travelled to Bradford the next day for a 79-87 victory, to go fourth in the Men’s National League Division One.
Nottingham, who hadn’t faced the Yorkshire side before the weekend, are having a historic season and looked to add to their win total that has seen them go undefeated in 2022.
The game began with Dragons forward Michael Savery-Richards scoring 17 of his 25 points in the first quarter, seeing his team jump out to an early 9-point lead.
Hoods quickly responded with their good ball movement and perimeter shooting, seeing them go on a 15-2 run and end the first half 46-39.
The second half saw much of the same as both teams continued to shoot well and trade baskets, ending the third quarter 67-64.
The final period remained close until the last two minutes, where Nottingham hit a number of shots to create a lead and earn a 93-83 win.
Hoods were led by their backcourt pairing of Kyle Jimenez and Johde Campbell, who combined for a massive 41 points and scored in the important moments.
After the hard-fought win the side looked to replicate the result as they travelled to Bradford to face the Dragons for the second time in two days.
However the second fixture started similar to the first, with the home team hitting the Hoods early and going up by 12 points.
Nottingham soon woke up and exploded for a 29-point second quarter, cutting the Bradford lead to just 3 points at half-time.
Ben Stanley’s team continued to score well but also stepped up their defence, holding the Dragons to 13 points in the third quarter and ending the period 51-58.
While Hoods dominated the second and third quarter, the last 10 minutes was a close affair as Bradford fought to prevent a winless weekend.
Despite their efforts, the experienced East Midlands outfit closed out the game for a 79-87 win and a perfect weekend against the Dragons.
The result sees Nottingham remain undefeated in 2022, having won all five of their games and not losing since the start of December.
Stanley’s side now sit fourth in the table with an impressive record of 10 wins and three losses, the same record as third place Thames Valley Cavaliers.
The team are having a record-breaking season, having won the most games in Division One in club history.
Hoods will look to continue their form as they face mid-table side Team Newcastle University next Saturday.
The last time the two met, Nottingham suffered a close 101-94 loss to Newcastle in November. Stanley and his players will want to avenge the North-East team and grab a result this weekend.